Many times I am frustrated by the way people advertise barn finds. Either they don’t clean up the car at all and you can barely tell what the pictures are supposed to be of, or it’s all cleaned up already and you have no idea how the car was found. This seller did it the way it should be done, with both before and after shots! The yellow cat is located in Wilmington, North Carolina and is advertised here on craigslist for a reasonable $27,900.
Here’s the other “before” shot. It does look like a fairly dry environment with a concrete floor, which is good. Note the missing rear window; it’s still missing. However, now let’s look at the car after it was cleaned up.
Holy cow, it’s a beautiful Jaguar! Ok, the 2+2 isn’t quite as elegant as the original 2 seat coupe, but still — it’s an E-Type, and it’s not $60,000+ either. Nice choice of photographic background as well!
The rear doesn’t seem to have suffered any from the window being out. Nice to see the knockoff hammer as well. You could even claim you were buying a hatchback to be practical…right? It is an automatic (sigh) which hurts the value, but I think the originality and preserved condition carry some weight too. Besides, I don’t buy cars for their value anyway — it’s if I like them or not! On the plus side, this is an air conditioned car, but the seller does tell us that a headliner and new seat upholstery are in order. Of course, it was “running fine when parked.” Why would you park it, then?
Under the hood looks remarkably original as well. If it really is as non-rusty as it looks, this could be a great car to use as a driver. I realize E-Types can be finicky, but by this time most of the bugs had been worked out, the Strombergs are easier to deal with than SU’s (my personal opinion, your experience may vary) and the automatic at least means you won’t be pulling the engine for a clutch job. Imagine; an E-Type that you could drive while making it better–wouldn’t that be something!